What is a soft foods diet and who needs it?
A soft foods diet is a low-fiber diet or a bland diet which is suggested by doctors after certain medical procedures or certain ailments. As the name suggests, this diet focuses on foods that are soft, easy to chew, and at the same time, gentle on your stomach.
Who should go on a soft foods diet?
Those with digestive ailments such as gastroenteritis, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare-ups would benefit when they try out this diet. This is also prescribed after certain dental procedures and surgery. Low-fiber dry or cooked cereals which contain less than 2 grams fiber per serving are ideal, this can include macaroni, white rice, pasta, or noodles. Dairy foods such as milk, milkshakes, pudding, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and sherbet are allowed.
All kinds of ground spices or herbs and salt may be consumed. Sugar, cookies, jelly, mayonnaise honey, mustard, soy sauce, oil, butter and margarine can be eaten.
What should you eat?
Pureed food is good. Consume fruit and vegetable juices. Bananas, avocados and mangoes are soft and you could add these to your diet. Ensure you get adequate protein by choosing soft sources of protein such as eggs and well-cooked fish. You can also eat canned fish and canned poultry.
Make sure you drink water abundantly while following this diet. This will ensure that you don’t get dehydrated.
What should you avoid?
Food that must be avoided on this diet includes berries, whole-wheat and whole-grain breads, beans and nuts, raw vegetables especially broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. You must also make it a point to avoid carbonated beverages such as soda.
Whole spices such as anise seeds, celery seeds, peppercorns, whole cloves, rosemary, caraway seeds, and fresh herbs should be completely avoided.